40 Green Travel Tips (The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel)

If you took a poll asking people whether they’d prefer to be responsible or irresponsible travelers, most would likely choose the former over the latter. But what does “Green Travel” even mean? How do you do it? Do you have to sleep in a tent and cook on a solar-powered camp stove in order to be considered eco-friendly? And how do you recognize it when a company that offers “Green Travel” experiences is, in fact, just greenwashing?  The

Exploring the Ancient Xunantunich Mayan Ruins of Belize

There is a private ritual I have– sacred and, until now, unspoken– that helps me connect with ancient archaeological sites such as the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Belize on a more personal (rather than academic) level. First, I consider the nature of time and human evolution. In 2015 a story was published in Science about the discovery of a fossilized mandible

Balearic Islands go green

Description: A new set of guidelines tackles key environmental issues from waste and pollution to marine species protection A new set of guidelines tackles key environmental issues from waste and pollution to marine species protectionWalking in the Balearics. Photo: Balearic Islands Tourist BoardThe government of the Balearic Islands – the group of seven islands in the western Mediterranean which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – has established an ambitious set of environmental targets which aim to drastically reduce CO2 emissions on the islands, with

Villages Nature Paris

Description: Holly Rooke visits French resort Villages Nature Paris, a large collection of holiday cottages just 20 miles from the French capital, to see large scale sustainable tourism in action. Holly Rooke visits French resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of holiday cottages just 20 miles from the French capital, to see how it has incorporated sustainable principles into its large scale design and operations.Au naturel. Villages Nature Paris. Photo: Holly RookeThe new resort Villages Nature Paris, a collaboration between EuroDisney S.C.A

The Catalan Pyrenees, from the sea to the summits

Description: Our blog and video about our 12-day trip from the sandy beaches and coastal towns of Costa Brava to the snowy forests and towering peaks of Val d’Aran in the Catalan Pyrenees From the sandy beaches and coastal towns of Costa Brava to the snowy forests and towering peaks of Val d’Aran, Greentraveller’s bloggers Richard Hammond and Holly Rooke travelled with photographer Chris Willan through the wonderfully diverse landscapes of northern Catalonia into the Pyrenees. The trip was featured on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #CatalunyaExperience #Visitpirineus. Below are some of the highlights of the trip.1935 Hotel & ApartmentsOur first night was a great introduction to Catalan cuisine. In our opinion, the food

Villages Nature Paris: bringing sustainability to large-scale tourism

Description: Holly Rooke visits French eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of 900 holiday cottages just 20 miles from the capital, to see what large-scale sustainable tourism in action looks Holly Rooke visits French eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of 900 holiday cottages just 20 miles from the capital, to see what large-scale sustainable tourism in action looks likeVillages Nature Paris. Photo: Holly RookeThe new eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collaboration between EuroDisney S.C.A. and Groupe Pierre & Vacances Centre Parcs, is a collection of over 900 holiday cottages and apartments set in a tranquil, car-free landscape of forests, lakes and gardens. It expects to attract 1 million

How to Avoid Products With Palm Oil

How to Avoid Products With Palm Oil originally appeared on Green Global Travel. What if we told you that a single ingredient contained in many of your favorite foods– palm oil– is wiping out rainforests all around the world, from Palawan, Philippines to the Brazilian Amazon? What if we told you that palm oil is killing endangered species (orangutans being the most famous example) and destroying the livelihood of indigenous tribes? Would that be enough to convince you to stop using products with palm oil? This

My Stupid Mistake While Hiking Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica)

My Stupid Mistake While Hiking Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Located on Costa Rica‘s remote Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park has been referred to by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.” At 164 square miles, it’s the largest national park in Costa Rica, the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline, and one of the few remaining large areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world. It’s also one of the most pristine nature sanctuaries we’ve ever visited. Corcovado offers an impressively diverse array of

40 Amazing Costa Rican Animals (Photo Essay)

40 Amazing Costa Rican Animals (Photo Essay) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The other day, during a conversation about the places we’ve traveled to and would never re-visit, we were flabbergasted when a friend suggested that Costa Rica had nothing further to offer her. We’ve explored ecotourism in Costa Rica three times now. We’ve traveled its nooks

Top 20 Things To Do In Jamaica for Nature Lovers (Ecotourism Guide)

Top 20 Things To Do In Jamaica for Nature Lovers (Ecotourism Guide) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When talking about the most beautiful islands in the world, everyone has their favorite. Personally, I’m in love with Jamaica, which was one of the first travel destinations I ever visited. I love Bob Marley and lots of other Jamaican music, and had several Jamaican friends when I lived in London. Before I visited, I thought the island was all about the rich culture and beautiful beaches.

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature)

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” There are few places in the modern world in which this connection between mankind, myth, and nature is more obvious than Hawaii (formerly known as “The Big Island“). Here, Hawaiian mythology is not just some relic of a distant past, but a very present spiritual belief among many of the island’s indigenous natives. More than 150 years before

What is an Eco Lodge? (The Top 10 Eco Lodges in the World)

What is an Eco Lodge? (The Top 10 Eco Lodges in the World) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. One of the questions we get asked most frequently by our readers involves how to choose a responsible tour operator, eco lodge or green hotel.   Research shows that global interest in ecotourism (which was defined by The International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”) has grown rapidly in recent years. According to the Center For Responsible Travel’s 2015 Travel Trends & Statistics report

Exploring Rio Secreto, the Riviera Maya’s Amazing Underground River

Exploring Rio Secreto, the Riviera Maya’s Amazing Underground River originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Caves held a strange, primal allure for me long before we visited Rio Secreto. From reading about Tom Sawyer’s adventures in Mark Twain’s classic novel to watching movies such as The Goonies and the original Indiana Jones trilogy, I’ve always associated caves with adventure, exploration, and intrigue. We’ve been fortunate to visit caves all around the world on our travels, from southeastern U.S. sites such as Ruby Falls and Craighead Caverns to the ancient cliffs of Petra and the Milodon Caves of Patagonia. No matter where

What Is Ecotourism? The History & Principles of Responsible Travel

What Is Ecotourism? The History & Principles of Responsible Travel originally appeared on Green Global Travel. What is ecotourism? How does it work? Why does it matter? And how can we, as travelers, put the core principles of ecotourism into practice? In recent years, the growth of interest in responsible travel has outpaced that of traditional sun/sand tourism by an increasingly wide margin. With some experts estimating that ecotourism now represents 11.4% of all consumer spending, these sorts of questions have become

Best Eco Experiences for 2018

I’m constantly being asked What’s your favorite ecotourism destination? and my answer is always It’s the destination that has placed emphasis on tourism that benefits local communities. Thankfully, unlike a decade ago, there are more examples of communities stakeholders that are banding together to discuss sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, youth education, as well as cultural and heritage

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea”

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea” originally appeared on Green Global Travel. As we began to compile a list of National Parks by state for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list. The NPS was originally created

30 Amazing Galapagos Islands Animals

30 Amazing Galapagos Islands Animals originally appeared on Green Global Travel. In a rugged archipelago situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, there are more than 200 recorded species of Galapagos Islands animals. From a historical perspective, the islands’ remote location and harsh volcanic terrain played a huge role in their current status as a world-renowned nature sanctuary. The Galapagos was a favorite spot among pirates (who pillaged the tortoise population for meat) and whalers (who plundered its waters for their ample bounty) in the 17th and 18th centuries. But all efforts to colonize the area ended badly, and by the late 1800s the Galapagos Islands were

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Conventional gardening tends to use a one-size-fits-all method for growing food. Its central concepts are based on what gardeners want to grow rather than on what plants best suit a particular piece of land. Permaculture gardening, on the other hand, is based on the concept of using the perfect plants for the climate, and utilizing only what works best for the local environment. Dry climates require a different approach than humid climates. Hot

Best of green travel in 2017

Description: Our favourite experiences from 2017 from a community-run pub in the Cotswolds and dog sledding in the Catalan Pyrenees to an award-winning biodiversity conservation project in Indonesia. In all our articles, photographs and films we try to show characterful places, real people doing real things and insightful experiences that benefit biodiversity conservation and local communities. Here is a selection of our favourite experiences from the year, as chosen by our team of contributors Paul Bloomfield, Sarah Baxter, Rhiannon Batten, Harriet O’Brien, Mark Rowe, Ginny Light, Jini Reddy, Holly Rooke and Richard Hammond.Best rural accommodationOne of Greentraveller’s film unit stayed at Rural Casa Mas Garganta, Catalonia while producing a video

Top 10 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan

Top 10 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Coron, Palawan can be seriously confusing at first. The municipality encompasses a town (located on Busuanga Island), an island (nearby Coron Island), and over 50 minor islets in the Philippines‘ Calamian archipelago. Say Coron’s name to Filipinos while you’re in the capital city of Manila and you’ll see their eyes light up like kids on Christmas morning. That’s because Coron is arguably the most picturesque part of Palawan, which

How Mass Tourism is Destroying the Destinations Travelers Love

How Mass Tourism is Destroying the Destinations Travelers Love originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Mass Tourism was arguably the most significant travel trend of 2017. Its downside, “overtourism”– the point at which the needs of tourism become unsustainable for a given destination– made headlines all across the world. “Overtourism plagues great destinations,” claimed sustainable travel expert Jonathan Tourtellot in National Geographic. “Mass Tourism is at a tipping point- but we’re all part of the problem,

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean originally appeared on Green Global Travel. One of our favorite things about traveling around the world has been the opportunity it affords us to sample the best food, wine, and spirits the cultures we explore have to offer. I’ve been a hardcore coffee fanatic since I was 15 years old, making my dad

60 Weird Animals Around the World

60 Weird Animals Around the World originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The world is a wild and wonderful place, filled with millions of different species most of us have never even heard of. Growing up feeling like a bit of an odd bird myself, I’ve always been fascinated by